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Viva la difference! >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Viva la difference! >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

There were being 27 starters for the 2023 Newport Beach front to Cabo San Lucas which had staggered commences on March 10 and 11 for the 800nm course from Newport Beach, CA to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

Even though not a history-environment edition, multihull and monohull elapsed time honors were claimed by Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo (previously mentioned) in 2:04:19:55 and Manouch Moshayedi’s Bakewell White 100 RIO 100 in 2:20:31:15, respectively.

Aside from three retirements, all teams concluded by March 15 with general honors coming from the smallest boat course (ORR E) with Dave Moore’s Santa Cruz 52 Westerly getting the prize, adopted by Thomas Furlong’s RP52 Vitesse (ORR C) in 2nd, and Roy Disney’s Andrews 68 Pyewacket (ORR B) in 3rd.

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Pywacket navigator Peter Isler shares his watch as section of Disney’s crew:


Peter Isler

What a big difference a sailboat makes…

I have had the enjoyment this winter of sailing with Roy Disney’s Pyewacket crew – legendary California centered system with a string of previous boats named Pyewacket going again many years. That tradition provides good karma and spawned a tradition of results.

At the moment Roy Disney is campaigning two 70 footers – the turbo charged Volvo 70 – aka “Pyewacket70” that started off out its life heading all around the globe in the Volvo Race as “Telefonica” and “Pyewacket” an Andrews 68 west coastline style “sled”.

Aboard the previous, we just gained the RORC Caribbean 600 very last month, and with substantially the exact same crew (in the Caribbean we sail with 13 aboard but the west coast boat its manageable with a crew of 10), we dusted off the latter for its initial offshore race due to the fact the fateful 2019 Transpac when the staff rescued the OEX’s crew out of a liferaft immediately after they’d abandon their boat due to a rudder failure.

Although each boats are 70 toes in size, they are vastly distinct from a speed, ergonomics, and H20 variable. The Volvo 70 is considerably a lot quicker (its handicap says about 35{18875d16fb0f706a77d6d07e16021550e0abfa6771e72d372d5d32476b7d07ec}) with a canting keel, massive sailplan, and contemporary hull form and foils. In any great wind, it’s like using a runaway freight practice.

The successful Pyewacket staff in Antigua.

With the higher speeds on Volvo 70 will come limited obvious wind angles. Even when going downwind, the sails are trimmed like we are likely upwind and that means complete foul weather conditions gear on deck when there are whitecaps.

Conversely, out in this article on the Pacific with the extra gentrified 70, the Cabo Race supplied some pleasant 24 knot wind velocity working problems with barely any spray coming on the fore deck, considerably much less the cockpit. … charming t-shirt and shorts problems.

Down beneath, the Volvo 70 is all black carbon fiber with not considerably in the way of amenities.. The sled is also fairly stripped out but it does have an icebox and fridge, enclosed head, and snug bunks. Then yet again, that boat was built most likely 15 decades or extra ahead of the Volvo 70.

Which is extra fun? They are both of those remarkable boats, supported by a top rated notch program overseen by Roy’s extended time sailing manager Robbie Haines. I’m not earning any picks – I’m grateful to have the encounter of racing to pretty diverse styles – viva la difference!

I realized a lengthy time ago that if you preserve an open mind, you study far more by sailing on diverse boats, filing away the knowledge and classes so you can filter and utilize them at some later day.

Utilizing a motor sporting activities analogy, just one is like offroad racing the Baja 1000 on a turbo charged dune buggy pushed by Jack Sparrow and the other could be additional akin to vintage racing a 1960s Cadillac on a much a lot more forgiving highway monitor with the likes of Torben Grael spinning the wheel..

But regardless of boat, they the two notice the traditional Pyewacket fellowship hour on deck, though the wine preferences a good deal saltier on the turbo’d Volvo 70!

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Monohull elapsed report established by Pyewacket 70 of 01:21:22:53.
Multihull and outright file established by H.L. Enloe’s ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe of 01:16:14:14.